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Jan 19, 2013 12:00am PST
pelosi, harry reid but steven spielberg, tommy lee jones. as tip o'neill famously said about his political foe, ronald reagan, love the sinner. hate the sin. when president reagan would invite the speaker, tip o'neill over to the white house for drinks and raise a glass to one another. there's no shortage of parties planned around inauguration 2013. here is hoping it spills over to the next four years and both sides of the aisle make a move to be more social and more civil. and, hence, more productive. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "the ed show" with ed schultz, starts right now. >>> good evening, americans. welcome "the ed show" from new york. republicans are raising the white flag. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. >> the republican game of chicken is over. eric cantore proposes a three-month deal on the debt ceiling. some democrats are calling it a trap. i'll ask dnc chairwoman debbie wasserman schultz what she thinks. democrats are about to drop the ball. tonigh
MSNBC
Jan 19, 2013 3:00am EST
thinks. democrats are about to drop the ball. tonight, my message to senator harry reid. plus the american people are getting ripped off by a congress that just isn't working. congressman rick nolan, there 30 years ago. he is back now and he can't believe the difference. he is wondering, are we getting paid for this? >>> is it really an admission of guilt if you don't show any remorse? >> it did not even feel wrong? >> no. it's scary. >> did you feel bad about it? >> no. even scarier. >> psychologist dr. jeffrey gardere on lance armstrong's bizarre performance last night. >> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. republicans surrendered today in one of his biggest fights. president obama warned republicans about taking the debt ceiling hostage. it looks like they heard the message. >> the financial well-being of the american people is not leverage to be used. the full faith and credit of the united states of america is not a bargaining chip. and they better choose quickly because time is rung short. >> republicans made their choice during a gop retreat in wi
Current
Jan 22, 2013 9:00pm PST
instead of the usual 2/3. this would seem to be the perfect time for majority leader harry reid to fix the filibuster so republicans can no longer abuse it. unless reid has some magic wand that can turn one day into two or three or more. see, thanks to some legislative maneuvering, reid is extending the official first day by takinging a recess instead of adjourning. this means reid will be able to push for filibuster reform backed up by a simple majority for several more days. but what will the reform look like is another question. instead of pushing to eliminate the filibuster or at the minimum reinstating the talk filibuster which everyone wants reid is reportedly only looking to change the language so that 41 votes are required to maintain a filibuster instead of 60 votes to break it. more on how his fight went later in the program. the fill buster is not the only legislative rule the republicans have been abusing. in virginia, they used the opportunity of president obama's inauguration to pass discriminatory redistricting. it is made up of 20 democrat and 20 republicans. when d
MSNBC
Jan 18, 2013 11:00am EST
harry reid, pro gun guy who is the majority leader of the senate and john boehner, the house is squarely going to deliver all of this right at harry reid's feet. what do senate democrats who are pro-gun do? and is that the easiest achilles heel for those on the right to target them? >> well, that's exactly right, thomas. i think the biggest problem for the president and his gun agenda will be harry reid and all the senate democrats up for reelection next time around. i think what john boehner and the house republicans are going to say is we'll take this up as soon as the senate passes it. and i would guarantee you that it's going to be very difficult to get this through the senate. senator reid has not come out four square behind the president's proposals. my guess is he won the -- his last election chiefly because he got the nra's endorsement. he's not going to necessarily want to turn his back. because if he does turn his back on the nra. and not just about the nra. i would say the nra has done a very good job of delegitimatizing itself with these ads. but that doesn't mean th
Current
Jan 15, 2013 4:00pm PST
much is going to pass. harry reid said something that is discouraging today bub the president seems he's going to try to shoot the moon here, but not with a gun. >> he does, and i think we look at what the vice president said, some of the options some of these 19 possibilities for executive action to take on gun control. you know, we talked about them before, but some could be new limits on guns imported from overseas reminiscent of what george h.w. bush did. health and mental records. these powers are within the presidency, also to put somebody standard head of the a.t.f., and a lot of funding for the a.t.f., which is a lagging agency. they'll be charged with enforcing these gun laws. by strengthening the a.t.f., he is going to be doing some strengthening. >> cenk: when you block over countries from importing more guns here, it helps the n.r.a., because they represent american gun manufacturers, gives them a bigger monopoly. the check on mental health, if that's the only thing they do, that was an n.r.a. proposal, too. it's not nearly good enough. that's not the only thing they are
MSNBC
Jan 17, 2013 7:00am PST
piecemeal way. it all comes down to the senate majority leader harry reid over there, he has been acting to protect a dozen or so democrats. in state -- in the 2014 the terms and if he's acting hesitantly, that's a sign that he's concerned about the politics of this. >> there are some things that are not different this time. one is obviously the opposition of the nra, they say this is about banning your guns period. the president of the nra, david keen had this to say today. >> they have a good deal to fear. they have to fear the establishment of the national registry, you know in the last few days, senator from california and the governor of new york has suggested that one of their goals is what they call a forced buy back. that's basically confiscation. >> the message is that this is a slippery slope. and going back to your point about the more moderate democrats that have to be won over, is it clear -- >> it's really not fair yesterday, exactly what they will be willing to vote. some areas where i think even moderate democrats would be willing to dismiss the nra's opinion. we have hea
PBS
Jan 20, 2013 3:30pm PST
spending. >> am i not correct in saying owe obama first delegated to harry reid and when mcconnell felt frustrated reid wasn't serious, he delegated to biten. obama -- biden. obama announced this was the way it was going to be. that's his assumption going in. he's not a negotiator. es a' lecturer -- he's a lecturer. >> he's not an lbj type that grabs lapels. >> i think he feels he has the answer. he thought about this. this is the way it s. he has a high iq. we all admit to that. he's gifted in many rays but he's -- many ways but he's got the answer. >> one of the thing, he's trying to-- >> how can you say if you don't conform to him, it doesn't work when you set the whole thing up saying the democrats -- excuse me. let me finish. that the democrats say he gives away too much. you've got this narrative now being advanced. the republicans are trying to shift blame to obama saying he doesn't socialize enough. he doesn't pay enough attention to their tender egos. that is total nonsense. >> not only is he an intro vert -- obama, president obama is an intro vert and that can be a virtue but
PBS
Jan 19, 2013 5:00am PST
against george w. bush's judicial nominees, their leader, harry reid, had some kind things to say about the tactic. >> the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government. right now the only check on president bush is the democrats' ability to voice their concern in this body, the senate. if the republicans roll back our rights in this chamber, there will be no check on power. the radical right wing will be free to pursue anything they want. >> now the shoe is on the other foot. i asked larry crane to discuss the double standard. 700,000 workers and many industries including media and telephone data services and health care. but that's just his day job. larry co hen is also a leader of the democracy initiative, a coalition as progressive and varied as the naacp, common cause, the sierra club, greenpeace, jobs with justice and the afl-cio. along with an affiliated campaign called fix the senate now, they are working hard to change the filibuster rules. take a look at their ad. >> as climate change threatens the world we leave to our children and good u.s. jobs
FOX News
Jan 15, 2013 10:00am PST
that would even pass in the senate where you have harry reid, the senate majority leader and other democrats calling for a slowdown, not a speed-up as relates to gun control. >> megyn: harry reid has been a pig pbig proponent of gun rig and doesn't necessarily appear on team obama on this issue. nor do other democrats. this is a strange issue in that it's not d versus r. it's gun rights groups versus gun control groups. i don't know that you can put harry reid in the gun rights group camp can you? >> well, this is really, when you get down to it. >> megyn: control i should say. >> a population density question. if you represent a place with a lot of people, if you represent a city, you are much more likely to be in favor of gun control. and if you represent the country, if you represent the country folks, you are much more likely to be in favor of gun rights. we have a big your began versus rural split on that, and harry reid's state have a lot of pistol-packing folks, a lot of rugged individualists out in nevada and that's true across the democrats in the west, appalachia, joe man
CNN
Jan 16, 2013 4:00pm PST
among democrats. one of them happens to be harry reid. you know the man who the president would be reliant upon to get something significant through the senate -- >> 1994 and 2004 he has a b rating from the nra. that is higher than almost anyone. this amazing fact. he has received more money from the nra than any senate democrat. when it comes to harry reid and the nra it is a close relationship. >> kind of a love affair. he appeared with wayne lappier in 2010. he is a guy who says i am going to go with my party. so will he really oppose the president on gun issues? >> he is going to try to quarterback what he can. at the end of the day harry reid is a very practical politician. he said i will do what i can to move this forward and everything is on the table. here is the real deal. the part about pragmatism. in 2014 there are a half dozen democrats who don't need an assault weapons ban attack. states like arkansas, louisiana, montana. that is all going to play into factors. it will be interesting to see whether the tide has turned. some polls show at least on some options 89% of re
FOX News
Jan 18, 2013 3:00pm PST
the senate majority leader harry reid says if the house pass a clean debt ceiling incress, the senate will be happy to consider it. jay carney at the white house called for passing a clean debt limit deal without delay. leading republicans are saying without a budget that includes a real plan to reduce the deficit, the nation faces the threat of a credit downgrade. bret? >> bret: mike, thank you. sticking with the tet and deficit issues, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are talking about what to do in a worse case scenario. the government not having enough money to pay its bills. chief political correspondent carl cameron reports on a possible short-term solution that is getting a long look by some people. >> with the white house refusing to negotiate spending cuts and the democrat controlled senate unlikely to pass a budget as part of a long-term deal to raise the tet ceiling, pat toomey of pennsylvania is reintroducing legislation he says will avert the u.s. from defaulting on the debt. >> we must prioritize three categories of payments. one would be debt service, interest on th
CNN
Jan 15, 2013 6:00am PST
tough sell. harry reid doubts such a measure to ban assault weapons would get through the house. what does that mean for national gun control laws? are we at a stalemate? >> i don't believe we are. it comes down to what are we going to be able to get bipartisan support for in the congress? and there are three things that i believe are possible to get across the aisle support. my major focus has been since january 8th on mental health services and awareness and i'll be dropping a bill today that will move in that direction called the mental health first aid act so that's one thing that i believe is possible. there seems to be some cross unanimity across the aisle on mental health services and my bill will hopefully be one of the first steps in that direction. >> you met with vice president biden as part of a task force convened by the president. the vice president was supposed to deliver his recommendations today to the president, but he delayed that. why the holdup? >> i'm not sure i could tell you why the holdup. i know that when we met yesterday, the task force that i'm a memb
PBS
Jan 21, 2013 9:00pm PST
the way it is in every other democracy in the world. >> but as we talk what's up with harry reid? he does seem to be backing away from the strong reform that you propose. i brought a story from talkingpointsmemo.com. senate majority leader harry reid is voicing support for a set of changes to the current filibuster rules that would fall far short of the more sweeping proposals from people like mr. cohen. what's he -- what's up? >> well, i think part of what's up is he's got four or five mocrats, many of them senior, in his own party who don't want to see this. and they're in fact at this moment trying to make their own deal with people like john mccain for next to nothing from our point of view. you wouldn't see any of those four changes that we're pushing for. and i think he is reluctant unfortunately, to go ahead with the overwhelming majority of democrats that he has. he's got 51 democrats -- >> already? >> -- who will support senate resolution 4. and we need the american people to call in to senator reid and say,let's take a stand. let's bring democracy to the u.s. senate." >> th
MSNBC
Jan 23, 2013 3:00am PST
don't do their job. will harry reid and mitch mcconnell, will they actually feel either based on the efforts of the house or what the president does, will they feel like hey, we need to listen to what the country wants. there's still populism out there particularly with the economy bad and feeling washington needs to get its act together. >> joe? >> yeah. >> that asks -- that leads me to ask, you know, the group, what happens if within the white house, off of what mark just said, because this will be increasingly popular if the republicans continue to do things like this, what happens if the white house decides to try and pick off specific members of the republican membership in the house and perhaps some republicans in the senate and basically say people like you more now if you come and try and meet us halfway. what happens to this whole ball game if that occurs? >> i actually think the ball game is changing. the front of "the washington post" says that the gop offers respite on debt. "the new york times" also talks about how the republicans have gone ahead and pushed for -- ob
Current
Jan 15, 2013 5:00pm PST
reid said likely wouldn't pass the house. you see the president wants you to keep trying, harry. the american people do too. while you're at it, maybe congress could follow new york state's lead. because today governor andrew cuomo signed into law the toughest package of gun measures in the nation. the new law expands the state's assault weapons ban. requires background checks to buy ammunition. increase penalties for multiple gun crimes. creates a statewide gun registration database and requires mental health professionals to report patients they believe are likely to harm themselves or others. nowhere in the list do you hear about feds coming to your house to take away your form of entertainment. but as new york congressman steve israel said today more federal and state actions are needed too. >> if those weapons can permeate new york's borders, it makes it tougher. >> john: for more, i'm now joined by a key figure in the guns debate, virginia democratic congressman bobby scott is the ranking member of the crime terrorism and homeland security subcommittee and vice chair of the gun
MSNBC
Jan 15, 2013 10:00am PST
sxwrort leader harry reid pours cold water on an assault weapons ban unless the house acts first. >> let's be realistic. in the senate we're going to do what we think will get through the house, and i don't think going through these eyeragses to say we've done something. >> mother of ben wheeler tells rachel maddow that action on guns should trump politics. >> it's not just republican, democrat -- >> no, no. >> independent. that is the thing that is just blowing my mind that i feel like it's really not about your party. >> it's not. it's not. >> i really feel like it's about our children. >>> coming clean. disgraced pro cyclist lance armstrong confesses to oprah winfrey he used performance enhancing drugs to win the tour de france. >> we were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers. >> could he face criminal charges? >>> critical vote. chuck schumer says he will back chuck hagel as defense secretary. secretary of state hillary clinton with a long-time ally, liberia's president ellen johnson surleaf. >> it's important to be here today to see that you have fully recovered fro
PBS
Jan 19, 2013 1:00pm PST
the senate, not just in california, look, harry reid in nevada, who is an nra supporter, who's had the nra's support. this is going to be a very tough challenge for him to take on. and he's already sort of making noise that at this point, wait a minute, we're going to have to look at all these proposals. some of them like the checks, background check, really have much more sort of universal support. other things like the assault weapons ban, much tougher to get through. >> i mean, this is harry reid's biggest nightmare having the senate go first on assault weapons ban. this is not something he wants to bring up. i don't think he's, you know, my guess is there are a number of moderate democrats who come from states that are pro-gun states and they, i mean, we know that the last time that washington passed an assault weapons ban, that hurt democrats on the ballot the next time. and this is not a battle everyone in the democratic leadership wants. >> let's bring us now to the local level. i want to bring scott back into this, because i know that you've also talked to our local mayors,
CSPAN
Jan 20, 2013 12:00am EST
washington gridlock. harry reid said it would be foolish for his party and then does the senate to produce a budget. we disagree. with more than $16 trillion in debt, we believe is foolish not to have a budget. in the house, and it will again meet our legal obligations to pass the budget on time. our budget will moderate spending, pay our bills, and keep the government running. it will be planned to slowly but surely, what our nation out of debt, deficit, and declined garrett on your behalf, we will insist the democrats who run the rest of washington to the same. this debate is often argued in numbers and figures but it is really about and families like yours that bear the burden of a slow economy. constant uncertainty and. ever-changing government rules chase our jobs and opportunities overseas. when day to day life costs more and jobs pay less, we do not solve the problem by delaying our cattle decision -- spending decisions, raising taxes, or refusing to answer the most pressing economic challenges. with the swearing in of a new congress and the inauguration of president obama,
MSNBC
Jan 19, 2013 7:00am PST
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MSNBC
Jan 19, 2013 10:00am EST
is? if so, you are probably over 30. plus, i'm sending a letter to senate majority leader harry reid on what washington can do for children. and nerdland is in washington. >>> good morning, i'm melissa harris-perry. this morning, we are live in washington, d.c. as preparations are under way for the second inauguration of president barack obama. and while the public ceremony and celebration will take place on monday, the official swearing in as mandated by the constitution will occur tomorrow morning. chief justice john roberts will swear in the president in a brief ceremony at the white house just before noon and msnbc will bring it to you live tomorrow. president obama will retake the oath with a 52% approval rating according to the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. after the last inauguration, the economy is not if a freefall, and universal health care is not a political platform, and the united states is not bogged down in multiple international wars, and the girls have a dog. look, president obama is go gin to enter his new term with with a new ad jen da already under a br
MSNBC
Jan 23, 2013 12:00am PST
-- majority leader harry reid. >> i've had some positive meetings with senator mcconnell before the recess, during the recess our staffs worked on this. we had another meeting today. and i hope within the next 24 to 36 hours we can get something that we agree on. if not, we're going to move forward on what i think needs to be done. the caucus will support me on that. >> so if you don't get agreement, does that mean you'll move forward with the 51 vote? >> yes. >> reid is willing to move forward with filibuster reform with only 51 votes. an option called poisonous by republicans, which is amazing when you think about it. meaningful filibuster reform would bring back the talking filibuster. if republicans wanted to block a simple up or down vote on a bill, they would have to hold the floor, just like the old days. the 60-vote super majority filibuster has been abused by republicans like never before in history. this chart shows just how much the filibuster has been used from 1917 to 2012. the huge spike came in 2008 when president obama took office. republicans have broken the spirit
CNBC
Jan 16, 2013 7:00pm EST
test over the past, again, two election cycle, we've made harry reid, we have, not democrats, we've made harry reid the majority leader again. we just got to start playing smafrter. >> a better candidate than sharon engel. his polls were terrible. joe, let me say something else. i worked for reagan, okay. reagan was a big tent guy. he was inclusive. in his administration we had moderate republicans, we had conservative republicans, we had supply siders like myself, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. can we go back to reagan's model, can we open up the party a little bit. you know what i'm thinking about particularly. this whole issue about immigration, latino, african-americans, young people, joe the whole party is missing a whole demonstrato graphic in this country? >> no doubt about it. one of my biggest criticisms about mitt romney over the past couple of years i never really thought he understood freeman or thatcher or reagan because if you do get it, if you understand what you understand at your gut level, what i understand and many other conservatives, free market conservatives
MSNBC
Jan 23, 2013 9:00am PST
to be receptive -- harry reid seems to be receptive, you never quite know because of the 17 chuckle heads, known by more modest members, what they could do. i spoke to a few of them, and they said this is not a logical solution, because we need to have real deep spending cuts in order to extend the debt limit under any possible solution. the short answer of your question is, we expect this one to go through. there's been more optimism than there was during the fiscal cliff saga from gop leadership folks, but with this house gop conference, it's not over until it's over. we'll see here in the next half hour. >> luke, there's some channelling of bob marley going on in the capitol, which is to say, no woman, no cry. no budget, no pay. tell us a little about that interesting writer to this bill. >> you know, it's an interesting idea that was attached here, which really comes from no label, that group with david walker, and actually jim cooper, a blue dog member of the democratic coalition of tennessee introduced this original. that's why they feel if they can hit the 217 number they'll
MSNBC
Jan 19, 2013 11:00am PST
, senate majority leader, harry reid has not come out and endorsed the president's proposals. tom, also not coming out, how is the president going to be able to get this legislation through congress if you can't seem to get some top-ranking democrats onboard. >> that's the biggest challenge. harry reid has said generally, he supportses the conversation about it, but his aides made it clear he's not taking the lead on this one and he expects to see other senators who have made issues of gun violence and the law enforcement their main calling card on capitol hill and that's patrick leahy and ann fine stine and chuck schumer from new york. we have 23, democrats running for re-election and most of them come from midwestern, western states. they have strong, rural communities and therefore are a lot more open to maintaining gun rights and so you will have a lot of these democrats who will be very nervous voting for any big changes and harry reid is one of them. the national rifle association stayed out of the reelection race and he owes it to them to perhaps temper the debate and not n
CNN
Jan 16, 2013 11:00pm PST
democrat in the senate, harry reid. john avlon is looking into the majority leader's ties with the nra. the man the president would be relying upon to get something significant in terms of gun laws. he does pretty well with the nra. >> here is the deal about harry reid and guns. he opposed the assault weapons ban not once but twice in 1994 and 2004. he has a "b" rating from the nra. that's higher than ten other democrats. he has received money from the nra than any other senate member. >> a little love affair. he even appeared with wayne la pierre in 2010. but, he is a guy who says, you know, i'm gonna go with my party and go with the democratic party line. will he really oppose the president on gun issues? >> he is not going to oppose the president. he is going to try to quarterback ter what he can. he is going to do what he can to move the ball forward. everything is on the table. here is the real deal. part of the pragmatism is a look at the election. arkansas, louisiana, month tan na, north carolina, south dakota. it will be interesting to see whether the tide has turned. some
MSNBC
Jan 17, 2013 11:00am EST
harry reid is one of those people who has said an assault weapons ban will not pass the house so it is not likely the to be something the senate should even deal with should it become law. he made that statement on his local statement in his home state. that's a sign so he will have to be looking at what is really doable in terms of bringing legislation forward. so that gives me the sense at least right now that an assault weapons ban is something that at least democrats are really anxious to pursue. >> kelley or donnell. we want to bring in our political power panel for this hour. msnbc analyst karen funny, also a columnist for the kill and republican strategist hogan gibley. i want to start out with this op-ed that came out from the president in the connecticut post. in part he says now is the time, quote t truth is there's only one voice powerful enough to make this happen, yours. if you think we have suffered too much pain to allow this to continue, put down the paper, turn off the computer and get your members of congress on record. ask them why getting an a-grade from the gun lob
FOX News
Jan 18, 2013 4:00am EST
harry reid of nevada made sure it got in to have a provision in there saying patients don't have to answer if they are asked by their doctor whether they have a gun. they are -- patients are protected thanks to the nra. why is the nra guy so surprised that they may be asking? >> bill: answer me this megyn. >> okay. >> bill: the president makes a point in his presentation about guns to mention mental health people all right? he is going to direct them. is he going to give them authority in this area. >> that they may. >> bill: that they may. >> clarifying his law doesn't prohibit. clarifying that indeed they may. >> bill: that's a little bit of spin. >> they have been doing it, bill. they have been doing it. if you are a physician and somebody comes into your office with six gunshot wounds you have a right to ask about the gun. i saw the president and he is not a guy ha ad-libs a lot. this is on the tell prompter specifically point out that he is giving the authority to school officials,mental health officials. to get into this area. and i think that just raises red flag going all ri
FOX News
Jan 16, 2013 3:00pm PST
,be nevada,be home state of harry reid who today called the president's plan thoughtful but did not commit to acting on it. >> a spokesman putting out tepid statement saying they will review the recommendations from the president. they have a major showdown on his hands. >> bret: suicide bombers blew up the vehicle today in three expleasure in syrian city and 22 people were killed there. they forced them to find makeshift shelter in the caves and ruins. tonight we get a first look at someone who may have been behind last september's deadly assault on a u.s. diplomatic outpost in libya. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge shows us the pictures and a story of an investigation that does not appear to be going anywhere. >> these images with extremist group and long-standing ties to al-qaeda showed one of the key suspect in the 9/11 benghazi terrorist attack. after tunisian authority cited lack of evidence. >> a lot of groups are embolden after benghazi and series of misstep by the american government trying to investigate what happened in benghazi. >> detained by the tur
MSNBC
Jan 17, 2013 8:00am PST
now put squarely on the democratically controlled senate. what has harry reid's reaction to this been? he is a pro gun senator. >> reporter: there are probably at least a dozen democrats who have very high scores when the nra does it's review of voting. so there are a lot of democrats in the senate who are strong gun advocates and have constituents who believe in that. so harry reid is one of those people who has said an assault weapons ban will not pass the house so it is not likely the to be something the senate should even deal with should it become law. he made that statement on his local statement in his home state. that's a sign so he will have to be looking at what is really doable in terms of bringing legislation forward. so that gives me the sense at least right now that an assault weapons ban is something that at least democrats are really anxious to pursue. >> kelley or donnell. we want to bring in our political power panel for this hour. msnbc analyst karen funny, also a columnist for the kill and republican strategist hogan gibley. i want to start out with this op-ed that
MSNBC
Jan 15, 2013 3:00pm PST
majority leader harry reid wants a smaller reform. but my next guest is urging him go big. joining me now, senator jeff merkley, democrat senator from oregon, who's leading the charge for filibuster reform. thanks for your time tonight. >> it's wonderful to be with you. >> there have been 386 republican-led filibusters since 2007 according to harry reid. i mean, it is amazing the kind of things that have been blocked by a minority just using filibusters. >> absolutely. jobs, closing oil loopholes. the dream act. the disclose act to get rid of secrecy in campaign donations. a lot more beyond. then in addition the bills that never get to the senate floor because those on the floor are getting filibustered. >> senator john cornyn of texas said on the filibuster fight, he said quote, the history of this has been that people get up to the edge of the abyss and they look into the abyss and they pull back because today' minority can become the majority. what's your reaction to that statement by senator cornyn? >> my reaction is anything i'm backing is something i'm completely comfortable with in
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